So today is reveal day and there is loads of excitement in the air in our house! We are finally able to show all the details of our Industrial Teenage Bedroom Makeover on a Budget and it’s a showstopper!
I’m going to be completely honest here.
I may or may not be tearing up while I type this.
I know that my son is only 14 and we have lots of years ahead of us with him in our home, but there’s a finality to this makeover that is tugging at the heart strings.
We’ve always done theme rooms for our boys. From a dragon fighting castle theme, to a dinosaur room complete with painted mountains. Then there was the Star Wars Room and the Train Room. I’m kicking myself for neglecting the boys rooms these past 4 years while we were fixing up our Almost Farmhouse, because now the time is slipping away with my gentle giant.
This will probably be the last theme room I make for him.
Oh – and there are the tears again!
But let’s focus on the happy things for a moment. So let’s go week by week on how transformed this room in 6 weeks time.
This week was all about the room in it’s ‘before’ state and the plan we had – which wasn’t really there – and that completely goes against my planner-self. So we sort of winged it as we went along and I’m so pleased it worked out!
Week 2 – Painting
Wall Color: Peppercorn by Sherwin Williams
Even though we had a bumpy start making over this room when we started painting, laughs were shared and hugs were doled out. But most importantly, memories were made.
Week 3 – $40 Closet Makeover
We were able to update my gentle giant’s closet for just under $40 by using scrap wood we had in our garage. And it’s a huge bonus that we can fit his tall clothes.
Not to mention – I’m over-the-moon that we finally have those closet doors rehung after 3 years!
By repurposing our first DIY, we were able to create a manly headboard with easy DIY wall reading lights.
Because we were operating on a budget, we also saved loads on furniture by reusing wood in our garage to make a new shelving unit for our son.
I was able to find vintage items around our house that had that industrial feel to style the shelves.
See that jug in the middle with the embossed print? That was my gr.gr. granddaddy’s hooch jug found years after his death buried in the barn. Seems like he would sneak away to get a snoot full.
Week 5 – DIY Faux Pipe Feature Wall
Our feature corner is my son’s favorite space. The pipe walls were an easy DIY and we partnered with Liberty Tree Creations with this amazing shipping crate for his room. Since he’s a history buff, my son loved all the details put into this replicated crate.
I was even given Cool Mom Cred on the Faux Pipe Feature Wall. If only you could put that on a resume!
Week 6 – The Reveal
Now let’s get to my favorite part – the decorating!
We made these DIY sawhorse lamps (tutorial coming soon) and they add to that industrial feel we were hoping for in this room.
I found the posters in his room in the Clearance bin at Hobby Lobby and got both for $10! I love how they look – don’t you?
Because my son is ‘punny’ I knew he would LOVE the Ba Co N poster. It’s perfect for his humor.
The artwork next to his bed is a pen and ink that his grandfather made and the framed photos are from my husband’s travels when he used to tour as a drummer. I love that we can add that touch of sentimentality to the room.
The dormer window nook remained as his music area. We hung his guitar and framed memories from his first theater performance.
We searched our garage and my decor stash to find rusty, manly things like hooks, pulleys and tin boxes.
The jar full of used bullet casings is my son’s ‘souvenir’ from years ago when we lived in Vegas. When we hiked in the mountains, he would collect any casing he found and put them in a jar. Of course, they fit perfectly in his industrial room.
Since my son dreams of being a writer when he grows up, we kept this old desk in his room so he can write his Magnum Opus. He loves to look out his window while he works.
I brought in a chair we had in our recording studio – it was the perfect fit for this space.
We hung an enamel coated metal light over the desk to provide industrial lighting.
Finally we completed the look with a vintage copper lamp that was in my in-law’s attic. Certainly a space for inspiration, don’t you think?
So now let’s look at some before and afters!
What a difference and most importantly – my son LOVES his updated room.
No, we weren’t able to replace the carpet like I had hoped, but we were able to create a space that he will enjoy for the rest of the years under our roof.
Oh boy – there are those tears again!
So, let’s crunch numbers and see what the total cost of this makeover came to. Affiliate links are provided for your convenience.
Industrial Teenage Bedroom Makeover on a Budget Purchases:
Clip Work Lights – $17
Faucet Door Pulls – Hobby Lobby $3.99 each (on sale at 50% off)
Trash Can – Tractor Supply Co $22.99
Pipe Wall Clock– $19.99
DIY Faux Wall Pipes – $20 in PVC and $10 in clearance Towel Rods
Drop Cloth Curtains – $28
Bedding – Walmart on Clearance – $25
Throw Pillows – $20 from Amazon (here and here)
Sawhorse Lamp DIY – $23.25
Wood Crate – Liberty Tree Creations – partnership
Times Square Sign – Hobby Lobby – $7 on clearance
Hardware Sign – The Painted Nest – partnership
Posters and frame – $18
Pendant Light Kit for enamel shade – $19.98
Ceiling Fan Light Cages – $17.25
Total Cost: $422.45
My goal was to keep this between $200-400, and the faux pipe wall was a last minute feature my husband added as a bonus – well worth going over if you ask me!
So now that we’re finished – I’m going to take a day and see all the other reveals.
Of course, a huge thank you to Linda from Calling it Home for putting together another fabulous challenge. Be sure to head over to the One Room Challenge and check out the amazing reveals the other bloggers have made for yourself. This season was so much fun and I alway enjoy finding new ideas from other DIYers!
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